by Tanya Eavenson
Published by Astraea Press
ABOUT THE BOOK
He will fight for her at any cost...
Elizabeth Roberts can't remember her past, and the present is too painful. She turns to nightclubs and drinking to forget her infant daughter's death, her husband's affair.
When his wife's coma wiped out the memory of their marriage, Chris Roberts found comfort elsewhere. He can't erase his betrayal, but with God's help he’s determined to fight for Elizabeth at any cost.
She wants to forget. He wants to save his marriage. Can they trust God with their future and find a love that’s unconditional?
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AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR FEATURE AUTHOR
The Most Unlikely Writer
My husband and I have been involved in ministry for fifteen years teaching youth and adults, and doing counseling. Until three years ago, I thought this was my call—to support, to pray, and to help my husband in the ministry with God’s strength and using my talents. And it is, and will always be, as a pastor’s wife. However, God called me to a ministry of my own—to write.
When my husband left for Israel three years ago, it was the first trip he’d gone over seas since our three children were born and, honestly, I didn’t know what to do with myself. During that time, with God’s leading, I wrote a story entitled Live by Faith, Not by Sight. Though it may never see an editor’s desk, that story is dear to my heart, more than any others because of what it represents. To follow the Lord, not by what I can see, or knowing I wasn’t a writer, but living and believing in God to do as He said, so He can accomplish His will in my life.
Here is the verse God has taught me through this writing experience and I’m learning to live out daily.
“We walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
See, I’m the most unlikely writer. I remember saying with ready fingers pressed on the keyboard, “Are you sure, God? I never wanted to write. Never cared to write.” But there I was, typing away at the keys. And though I was writing, I’m not sure when I became a writer really, but it took longer than most. In 2011 I entered Unconditional in the ACFW Genesis Contest and my novel semi-finaled. At that time I still didn’t believe I was really a writer but I keep plugging away, learning the craft. It wasn’t even when I signed my first contract. It happened when my husband told me he was proud of me and that I trusted God and never looked back. That’s when I became a writer and an author at the same time.
Sometimes people ask me why I wrote Unconditional, a story about marriage. I tell them I felt the Lord had placed it on my heart. Statistics show Christian and non-Christian marriages are failing at the same rate. I believe in marriage there needs to be an unconditional love as God shows and displays in our lives. At times, we may feel like our spouse is our enemy, but God tells us to love our enemies, so what is that saying for our marriages today? We need to show a love that isn’t possible from us alone, but a love that comes from God who ordained marriage to last.
I wholeheartedly believe that if we fight for our marriages and follow after Christ, He will be the One to grow in us an unconditional love for our spouses.
I grew up in a family were divorce is common, like most people today, with the idea once you “fall” out of love, and you can’t get along anymore, it’s time to get a divorce. It was almost engraved in me witnessing everyone in my family get divorced one time or many times. I, too, almost went down that route with divorce papers in hand. I told myself many things at the time, but the truth. I was focused on our failures, not the hope that with God, all things are possible. The question was, were we willing to save our marriage at all costs? Would we fight for each other, whether we felt like it or not?
The story opens in a situation some married couples might find themselves in, losing a child, being in a loveless marriage, experiencing hurt by feelings of abandonment, adultery. Faced with the choice to fight for the marriage at any cost or give up. In my story, as in real life, there is a choice.
The other thing I hope my readers take away from this story is Christ’s love for us. Christ gave up His life, so we may turn from our sin and have a relationship with Him. That no matter what we go through, Christ is there, never leaving or forsaking us. There is no greater love than that of Christ.
If you get the opportunity to read Unconditional, or if you just want to talk, I would love to hear from you. Contact me on my website at: http://www.tanyaeavenson.com/.
I want to thank Tiffany for welcoming me to her blog, but also to you for stopping by. While you’re here, I want to give away an ebook copy of Unconditional to one winner who leaves a comment. Please make sure you leave your email address so we may contact you if you win. Good Luck!
Reader Question: Have you ever wanted to be a writer? If so, what would you like to write about?
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Thank you, Tanya, for sharing with us today.
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